Kick-off: 1400, 16/02/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Tottenham look ready to push for a top-four place and are expected to prove a cut above an Aston Villa side battling to avoid a quick return to the Championship.
Dean Smith’s men have struggled against the better Premier League teams, losing all seven encounters with sides currently in the leading six spots.
The hosts have managed to grab a consolation goal in 10 of 14 league defeats overall, though, so 12/5 for an away win and both teams to score is our opening Aston Villa vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have actually scored in eight straight games in all competitions, the highlights being 2-1 wins over Burnley and Watford and an EFL Cup semi-final triumph versus Leicester.
However, they went into their winter break just one point and a single place above the drop zone after going down 2-1 away to fellow strugglers Bournemouth.
First-half goals from Philip Billing and Nathan Ake proved enough for the Cherries, though Mbwana Samatta made a game of it for Villa after Jefferson Lerma was sent off.
Head coach Smith was not happy with some of referee Anthony Taylor’s rulings, stating: “A few decisions cost us in the end.
“The second goal shouldn’t have stood because there should have been a free-kick on the edge of their box.
“There was a clear push on Ezri Konsa when he was in mid-air and they go to the other end and get a free-kick and score from it.
“We could have had a penalty when Bjorn Engels gets punched in the face when he heads the ball over, but I don’t think VAR works for those ones.”
Bouncing back against Spurs will be tough, though, as Villa have faltered badly after the break against the top six, scoring only one second-half goal in seven contests and conceding 15 times.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Tottenham odds, we like 11/10 for Spurs to win the second period.
Last Villa line-up: Reina, Konsa, Targett, Guilbert, Hause, Mings, Luiz, Grealish, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Samatta.
New signing Borja Baston comes into contention for Villa after being signed late on transfer deadline day from Swansea.
Smith remains without striker Wesley (knee), midfielder John McGinn (fractured ankle) and goalkeepers Tom Heaton (knee) and Jed Steer (calf).
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham moved to within four points of a Champions League spot following back-to-back home wins over Norwich and Manchester City.
Spurs then showed great spirit to beat Southampton 3-2 in an FA Cup replay, with Heung-min Son’s 87th-minute penalty completing a come-from-behind triumph.
Jose Mourinho insists he is relishing this latest challenge, telling Sky Sports News: “I am really happy at the club.
“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them.
“If you see a bad face from me, it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself. That’s just me.
“The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming.”
Son has scored in four straight appearances and three of those have been the final goal of the game, so 4/1 for him to net last is added to our Aston Villa vs Tottenham betting tips.
With over 2.5 goals also looking a good thing, 31/4 for a 2-1 away victory is another value option.
Last Spurs EPL line-up: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Tanganga, Winks, Lo Celso, Alli, Moura, Son, Bergwijn.
Tottenham welcome back Steven Bergwijn, Ben Davies and Giovani Lo Celso. Erik Lamela (groin) will be assessed, but Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth miss out.
Bournemouth 2-1 ASTON VILLA – Mbwana Samatta
TOTTENHAM 3-2 Southampton – Jack Stephens (og), Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son (pen)
Head-to-head: Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
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